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Heidi Montag Syndrome: A Piece on Self-Image

January 26, 2010 | NeW Staff

I recently read an article by Josh Hillis, a Level 2 Kettlebell Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer, that discussed something he called “The Heidi Montag Syndrome.” As shown by the image in this article from the Huffington Post, Heidi has undergone some drastic changes to her appearance; some of which include getting liposuction, breast implants, collagen injections, and much more.

The author of the article brings up a great point:

“Here is the problem. You actually don’t have any idea of what you look like. Sometimes you feel fat and gross, sometimes you feel skinny and hot, and neither is entirely connected to reality. We alternately stroke ourselves or beat ourselves up.”


Women for decades have had the habit of obsessing over their looks, and now with the wide-spread availability of ways to modify that (such as liposuction and other cosmetic surgeries), some women are going overboard. Instead of fixing minor cosmetic problems that help us –like getting braces for crooked teeth, breast implants for recovering breast cancer patients, or laser eye surgery for bad vision–women are spending money on completely changing their bodies.

It seems that now women can adopt an entirely new skin. It makes me wonder if women of the modern age think to themselves for example, “Well, I believe that I have a flat derrière, so I will simply save enough money to buy a new one.” 

In fact, the OSU NeW chapter recently came across a product called “Booty Pop,” which is essentially padded underpants. We came to the conclusion that these Booty-Pop users are making themselves something they are not—and for what? To get more attention? To make themselves feel better?

Now, I realize that some cosmetic surgeries and paddings are necessary for emotional and social reasons; however there is a clear distinction between fixing a few problems and changing yourself entirely. I am in no way saying that we should not wear make-up or get any sort of cosmetic surgery for certain problems. I am simply saying that going overboard can lead to a loss of the self.

Instead of working with the mold God has given each of us, women who suffer from the Heidi Montag Syndrome, are throwing all familiar pieces of themselves away, and it is for reasons only their eyes can see.

Take a close look at the picture in the article and tell me what part of what was Heidi Montag still exists. 

Ladies, I urge you to step back and remember the positive features God gave each of us. If we do this, we can become confident instead of critical and insecure with the image of ourselves.

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